Mac Pro 4,1 sleep problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by toontra, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. toontra macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2003
    London UK
    I have the most annoying problem with my 8-core 2009 Mac Pro running OS 10.9.5. About 50% of the time it refuses to sleep - it goes through the pre-sleep cycle and just as it should sleep the fans boost and it restarts.

    There doesn't appear to be any pattern to when this happens - i.e. how long it's been running, what apps are open or have been used, what network activity is going on, etc.

    I've tried all the tips picked up on the net to search for the process that's keeping it awake (terminal searches) but no luck.

    It's affecting my work. I use it for music production and need to be able to use it when inspiration strikes but really don't want to keep it running 24/7. Any suggestions really gratefully received.
  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I have a 4-core 2009. It's not that mine won't sleep, it's that it won't sleep for long. It wakes again within a minute.

    Have you checked wake on LAN (under energy saver)?

    One (expensive) alternative: get a PCIe based, M.2 boot disk. I've seen reports that takes just a few seconds to boot.
  3. MattA macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I don't have a Mac Pro, but my Mac Mini is doing something similar. If you put it to sleep, when you wake it, it reboots. It goes through 3 or so reboot cycles before it hits the desktop. I'm not sure what's causing it, but it's been going on since around the time that Sierra was released.

    Good luck finding a solution.

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